Back to School Safety: The College Freshman

Women of every age are the victims of sexual assault, but statistically speaking, girls between the ages of 16-20 are at the most vulnerable period of their lives. If you put those numbers under a microscope, the most dangerous time is the freshman year of college. Some young women are from small towns, away from home for the first time, and far too trusting.  They don’t know the campus; they don’t know who to trust. So, in addition to a mini fridge and laptop, The best thing you can get for your high school or college age daughter is good a self-defense class.

Try to find a class specifically for women, one that emphasizes not only how to avoid being a victim, but how to best fight back against an attacker who will bigger and stronger than your daughter. Also look for a class that will give her the opportunity to try the techniques on a well-padded male attacker.  This is the only way she will learn which techniques work best for her and give her confidence in her ability to use them.  A great class will also cover dangerous social situations and date rape/date rape drugs.  If not, then please address these topics with your daughter.  She needs to know that a predator will look like everybody else. He can be a stranger, her roommate’s boyfriend or the cute guy in her Calc class. He can slip something into her drink in a split second.

Department of Justice studies show that 50% of all attackers will abandon the assault if the girl merely indicates she is willing to put up a fight.  This is great news.  Half the time.  But the other half will keep coming. Girls CAN fight back if they know what to do.

And when you find a class that looks promising, sign yourself or your wife up too.  Because all women should know how to protect themselves.

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4 responses to “Back to School Safety: The College Freshman

  1. Took a safety course a little bit ago at the SOmerset County Police Academy. It was great.

    In would think that cute, young college girls need it more than I. But I got to manhandle some hot cops. Not a bad deal.

    Love your column.

    • It’s all good, Kathye. The largest differences are the social situations that young girls find themselves in and their lack of experience/confidence. A good class addresses all of this.

  2. Very good advice. When I was studying martial arts the studio I was at actually had a street clothes class designed for and open to everyone so they could go over techniques that would be useful in more restricted clothing than the gi. Thanks for the words and the very excellent reminder.

  3. Good point, Kimberly. It’s much harder to fight in street clothes.

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